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Dance Party

Eastern Washington University students busted out their best moves during an impromptu dance party before the annual "Pass Through the Pillars" ritual at Showalter Hall. Read about some of the...

Getting a little construction help

The city of Airway Heights is getting a little help with the $13 million recreation center construction bond voters approved in August. At its Sept. 19 meeting, the City Council approved a...

Re*Imagine Medical Lake picks up steam

It’s been 15 months since Re*Imagine Medical Lake was formed by a group of citizens who wanted to preserve the city’s history, revitalize the downtown area and help the community grow. The grassroots organization began their meetings at Umpqua...

CMA receives lodging tax money

The Cheney City Council approved another distribution from the city’s lodging tax fund at its Sept. 13 meeting to help a local business organization with an event planned as part of Eastern Washington University’s upcoming Homecoming week. The...

Cheney transportation system is good, for now

While Cheney streets and intersections can seem very busy at times, according to a recently completed traffic study, volumes on arterials and intersection wait times are within established national...

Return to normal winter predicted for Northwest

Fall arrives, astronomically speaking at least, today, Sept. 22 with the autumnal equinox. But to the 8,600 fans who packed Roos Field for last Saturday's Eastern Washington football game versus...

Airway Heights library exhibit shows the sound of colors

James Frye hears colors. At least that’s what he told his father one day as a young boy when asked how he selects colors for his artwork. While rare, Frye’s ability, known as synesthesia, has been shown by recent scientific studies to be more...

Cheney council OKs revised contract for former Myers property

The Cheney City Council performed a sort of “do over” at a special meeting Sept. 19 regarding a contract agreed to at its Sept. 13 meeting between the city and Dow Excavating for leasing property at what used to be known as Myers Mobile Home...

K9-unit Pepper to retire, SCSO seeks donations

In a Sept. 20 news release, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced that K9-unit Pepper will officially retire. Pepper was trained to locate guns, bombs and other explosive materials. She, along with her handler, Deputy J.P. Melton received...

Speedco location fills void for truck service business

When an 18-wheeler needs to get its oil changed, timing is very important. But what the operators of Speedco, a national provider of on-highway preventive maintenance and tire service to the...

Medical Lake council approves ambulance services contract

The Medical Lake City Council breezed through a quick Sept. 20 meeting that featured a light agenda. In action items, council approved an extension of countywide service contract with American Medical Response for 911 ambulance ground transport...

Spokane International Airport runway work completed

Spokane International Airport’s overnight runway maintenance work was completed in the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 20, which concluded the overnight closures of the main runway 3/21. That will return the airport to more familair traffic...

Eastern Gallery of Art to host Huston exhibition

The Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art will host Jeff Huston’s “Deconstructed Self,” an exhibition that runs from Sept. 29 through Oct. 27. An opening reception will be held Sept. 28 at noon in the gallery. Huston was born at...

DNR allows campfires in desingated grounds

In a Sept. 19 news release, the Washington state Department of Natural Resources announced while the burn ban east of the Cascade Mountain Range is still in effect, it will allow campfires in pits in designated campgrounds. DNR also lifted the burn...

Medical Lake soccer challenging for NEA's top spot

Medical Lake had a week like they have not experienced in years for its girl’s soccer program with a pair of Northeast A League wins — 2-1 over Riverside and 3-1 at Colville — before taking 2A Pullman to a shootout, and losing 2-1, Sept. 17....

Media, police not to blame for Cougars' off-field troubles

Is it really the media and the police’s fault for the Washington State University football team’s recent troubles off the gridiron? That’s a question that has been running through my mind in the last couple of weeks relating to the four...

Eastern ends winless ways against Northern Iowa, 34-30

One nagging losing streak ended last Saturday when Eastern Washington topped Northern Iowa 34-30 at Roos Field in an ending those who saw it either live or on television will remember for years. The ...

West Plains Sports Briefs

Zamora shares Big Sky defensive honor Senior Miquiyah Zamora was rewarded for his performance, but his versatility was just as impressive. The Eastern Washington University senior linebacker was honored as co-Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of...

Blackhawks football loses at home to Post Falls

It was another tough night at Tom Oswald Field for the Cheney High football team, who lost to 4A Inland Empire League's Post Falls, 21-0, Sept. 16. The Blackhawks' defense managed to keep the Trojans ...

Lady Blackhawks soccer continues undefeated

The Cheney High girls’ soccer team continued their undefeated streak in Great Northern League play after a 3-2 win over Clarkston (Sept. 13) and a 3-0 shutout over West Valley two days later. In the Clarkston match, the Lady Blackhawks were tied...

Ellensburg edges Cheney; swim team earns state berths

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor The final score of the Cheney High School girls swimming team's dual meet with Ellensburg last Friday may not have been to the Blackhawks liking, but the individual results...

Medical Lake continues to struggle on football field with loss to Freeman

The Freeman Scotties might need a new mascot. A massive Mastiff or a lumbering Norwegian Elkhound come to mind after they literally ran over the Medical Lake Cardinals last Friday, 51-0 in the start of Northeast A League play. The game, which went...

Cheney volleyball goes 1-1 in Great Northern League play

The Cheney High volleyball team went 1-1 in Great Northern League matches this past week, first sweeping Clarkston, 3-0, on Sept. 13, then getting swept by West Valley, 3-0, Sept. 15. While Cheney defeated Clarkston in three sets (27-25, 25-14 and...

Cards still winless in volleyball

Medical Lake head volleyball coach Todd Harr called last week, “Another tough week of competition,” following losses of 3-1 at home to Riverside and 3-0 on the road at Colville. The Cardinals remain winless at 0-4 in Northeast A League play and...

STA's Proposition 1 is a needed investment

Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1 on the upcoming Nov. 8 General Election ballot would raise sales tax 2/10ths of 1 percent to pay for regional transportation improvements. According to information from STA, if approved by a majority of...

Our renewable fuels rules are stuck in the past

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released its renewable fuel rules for 2017. Private energy companies will be required to produce at least 18 billion gallons of renewables next year, over half a billion more than this year. That’s a...

Initiative 735 is needed to fix campaign finance issues

The feigned outrage over the Clinton Foundation by Republican operatives is the height of hypocrisy, but most people won’t realize this. “Never heard of it.” This was a response I got all too often as I went door-to-door as a volunteer...

Human decency is what moves civilization forward

The Remember a semi-comic Cold War movie, “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming”? A deadly Soviet Union nuclear submarine, capable of killing millions of Americans, suffered engine trouble and was forced to surface in a little New...

West Plains Briefs

ML S.C.O.P.E. invites public to meet resource officer The Medical Lake S.C.O.P.E. station invites the public to a meeting with Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Pendell, who is also the school district’s resource officer. The meeting is... Full story

McGirk takes over Medical Lake alternative high school program

The Medical Lake Alternative High School has a new facilitator: Lyra McGirk. McGirk, a long time Spokane resident and Ferris High School graduate, went into the workforce before she attended and acquired her bachelor’s degree at Eastern...

Eastern Health, Wellness and Prevention Services provides support to students

For Eastern Washington University students who are going through challenges, particularly in mental and physical health, the university’s Health, Wellness and Prevention Services is there to give them the help and support in developing a balanced...

MLHS band program gears up for another year

Before first period starts at Medical Lake High School, the sound of music can be heard from behind the auditorium. If a person looks into the room they will see several students playing instruments, ...

Students to particpate in state health survey

The Cheney and Medical Lake school districts are participating in the Washington State 2016 Healthy Youth Survey from Oct. 10–21. The survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance...

StageWest season opens with a "Charitable" comedy

StageWest presents Bo Wilson's play "The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church," produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company, Inc. of Woodstock, Ill....

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Sept. 21, 2006 Cheney High School’s cross country team took a surprising second place at the 20-team competition at the Highlander Invitational at Shadle Park High School. Daniel Issa, Arick Zachman and Reese Martin not only led the...

Churches

Cheney Community Church Sunday worship is at 10 a.m. with Children’s Church and nursery care provided. Teens and adults meet at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome. Activities this week include participation in the Eastern Washington University Neighbor...

Emmanuel Lutheran church offers two new services to community

Cheney's Emmanuel Lutheran Church has announced two new additions in its entry way on Elm Street designed for the community to use and enjoy. Emmanuel's Little Free Library is an outdoor library...

Ethyl Helen VandeBerg

Ethyl Helen (Walker) VandeBerg, 102, was born March 26, 1914, to Bert and Louise Walker in Owen, Wisc. She joined a 3-year-old sister, Violet, at the farm. She passed away at home Sept. 7, 2016....

John Edward Holloway

John Edward Holloway, 87, passed away Sept. 4, 2016 at Cheney Care Center. He was born on Feb. 16, 1929 in Eagleville, Mo. to John and Vera (Stuck) Holloway. John was the youngest of seven children... Full story

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